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County Ends Recycling Contract With Casella Waste Management

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With only one “nay” tally, the Cortland County Legislature moved to end its contract with Casella Waste Management and run its own recycling facility.

Legislator Paul Heider voiced his support of the resolution prior to the vote, saying it was not one against Casella, but rather “to challenge the Highway Superintendent and his group to come up with a more fiscally responsible way to run the recycling center.”

Heider said he believes the Department is up to the task.

The lone point of opposition came from legislator Linda Jones. She has opposed the measure for the past three years and says she believes the County’s costs to run its own recycling facility would be greater than continuing to contract with Casella.

Legislator Michael Barylski supported the contract termination, saying it would yield the County necessary flexibility in business that’s “constantly moving and changing.”

At the end of discussion the Legislature voted to end the contract with Casella, with the only “nay” coming from Jones.

The contract requires a one-year termination notice, so the official date the County will take over its recycling facility will be December 31, 2019.

More information about other orders of business from last night legislative session, the final of 2018, can be found AT THIS LINK.

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